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The Founding of Madoc

The Founding of Madoc

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted December, 2010

The Founding of Madoc

Photo from Google Street View ©2014 Google - Posted January, 2014

Plaque Location

The County of Hastings
The Township of Madoc
In Madoc, on the south side of
St. Lawrence Street East (Road 23)
2 blocks east of Durham Street (Highway 62)


Coordinates: N 44 30.366 W 77 28.177

Map

Plaque Text

Mills constructed about 1832 by Donald MacKenzie, a Belleville merchant, and the ironworks erected by American entrepreneurs Uriah Seymour and John Pendergast, formed the nucleus of a settlement here on Deer Creek. A post-office, Madoc, was established in 1836, and the hamlet grew gradually, stimulated by lumbering, farming, and the opening of the Hastings Colonization Road (1854), which ran north from Madoc Township. Following the nearby discovery of goldbearing quartz in 1866, it became a bustling centre, which by 1868 contained about 1000 inhabitants and numerous industries, including a rock crushing mill. The boom declined after 1870, but the community continued to prosper from its agricultural and commercial activities. Madoc was incorporated as a Village by a County by-law of 1877.


Another plaque at this location
John Weir Foote, V.C. 1904-1988

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